I think I may be becoming used to the taste of cranberries. Normally, I tend to rate these drinks lower than tropical ones, but in this case it’s not too bad. That’s as good a compliment as I’m willing to give the drink though. It’s sweet, flavoured, and cheap. There are better flavours in the range though, and the sugar free original flavour one is still one of my favourites.
What I like about trying different energy drinks are the moments when a flavour sends me back in time. Pit Bull Cranberry and Pink Grapefruit has answered a question I’ve had for many years – When I was 18 and discovered alcohol, there existed a drink known as Red. This was a caffeinated alcopop popular with students around the country at that time with an unknown fruity flavour. For me and my friends this drink was the tipple of choice on many weekends, but we never did find out what the ‘fruit’ flavour of Red was. Well, now I think I have the answer because this particular Pit Bull tastes how I remember Red tasting. It’s a good combination without any bitterness of the other Pit Bull drinks I’ve tried and I’m finally impressed with flavoured Pit Bull.
The Red Edition of Red Bull has been flavoured with Cranberry. Now, I don’t normally enjoy cranberry flavoured drinks, finding them bitter and leaving a bad aftertaste. Red Bull have managed to overcome that completely. What you experience is a flavour like no other energy drink. It has no typical energy drink background flavour, but instead has a very sweet and fruity cranberry taste with absolutely no bitterness at all. Of the three new editions, this was the first I tried thinking I’d be getting the worst one out of the way to start with. I was very surprised and really enjoyed it – one of my favourite energy drinks now.
We have a new contender for the worst tasting energy drink! To be fair though, it isn’t branding itself as tasting nice, but it does claim to burn 200 calories for every can you drink… really, it reckons it will help you lose weight. The can contains 12.5 calories, so I guess overall you’d be 187.5 calories down after drinking this. That’s if you can stomach it through to the end. The drink is bitter, and I’m talking about pint-of-bitter bitter, there’s something very earthy and real-ale tasting about the drink. Maybe that’s what unsweetened cranberries taste like? Anyway, it’s sold in health stores and premium supermarkets in the weight loss sections so keep your eyes out for it in case of a doughnut craving. That way you can cancel the doughnut out by drinking one of these, I’m sure that’s how it works…
Possibly one of the strongest flavoured Lucozade drinks I’ve ever tasted. The cranberry was quite powerful, although that is to be judged by Lucozade standards. Once again there is no mention of the caffeine strength on the bottle so I’ve had to make it up. I think it’s quite low as there wasn’t much of a hit. The cranberry made the drink a bit too sickly to be refreshing and therefore this is definitely not my favourite of the new Revive range.
A bit too strange for my liking. It had the same background flavour as Asda’s normal Blue Charge but with a very faint taste of cranberry and coloured slightly red. I assume this has been designed as a mixer, and I could imagine this going down well with a bit of Vodka in, but sadly not on its own merit. It is diet (I couldn’t find a non-diet version of this on the shelves) so that will probably appeal to people after a low-calorie energy drink with a difference, and at a nice low price (tapping rear trouser pocket / wearing hard-hat to avoid falling prices, etc…).